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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Will your disaster recovery plan work?

Are you confident your disaster recovery (DR) plan will work if a disaster strikes? When TheInfoPro Inc., a NY-based research network, posed that question to several hundred IT executives, the results weren't exactly reassuring. Only 55% of the managers surveyed were confident they could recover their open-systems data in an emergency. The rest were only somewhat confident or not confident their DR system would work. Losses incurred in a disaster Direct losses Indirect losses Loss of revenue Loss of employee productivity Possible regulatory penalties Service commitment penalties Possible liability and litigation Reduced customer satisfaction Competitive disadvantage Loss of goodwill, tarnished reputation "It is a little disturbing," says Ken Male, founder and CEO of TheInfoPro. The lack of confidence, the study suggests, lies in the testing of DR plans or the lack of it. "Almost half of the respondents test only once a year and that's not really enough," says Male. The obstacles to more frequent testing are resources and money. ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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